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Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters for recreational fishing. The bill formerly known as the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act–the name has been simplified to the Modern Fish Act– was first introduced in July 2017. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Federal waters have been opened up to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for a longer period of time thanks to the joint efforts of the United States Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states. Once set for an all-time low of only three days, the season now has an additional 39 days […]

Fishery council selects advisory panel

Fishery council selects advisory panel

The target date for the end of the rebuilding of the red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico won’t be reached for another 14 years, and yet, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council agrees with fishermen that the stock is healthier than it has been in the past. Read the full article in […]

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Ken Haddad of the American Sports Fishing Association has been instrumental in helping the Gulf Angler Focus Group push for more recreational red snapper fishing opportunities in federal waters. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

The closure of the gray triggerfish season in 2017 is bad news to fishermen in both state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. But the closure also signals that perhaps the rebuilding plan that was put in place for gray triggerfish population nearly a decade ago may actually be working. “In a sense, […]

Greater amberjack season closes early

Greater amberjack season closes early

Plans to reopen the greater amberjack recreational fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico this month are off the table due to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projecting the allowable harvest has been exceeded. The fishery was scheduled to be open until the end of the year. A similar fate for the […]

Changes made to fishing regulations for 2016

Changes made to fishing regulations for 2016

Several changes have been made to the Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the 2016 season, including the dates for Red Snapper season in the Gulf. In Florida, the season for Red Snapper fishing started May 7 and is open each Saturday and Sunday through May 21 before running continuously May 28 through July 10. […]

Governor urges feds to lengthen snapper season

Governor urges feds to lengthen snapper season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved April 16 a 52-day recreational red snapper season in state waters to begin May 24. The next day Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging the agency to provide additional fishing opportunities in federal waters. The federal season is currently […]